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and bill clinton. lincoln as its successful -- special case and that his second term was so brief. the it is interesting to note that only the president who had a more successful second term than their first was james madison and andrew jackson. the following is an accounting of the presidents elected to a second term, and the reasons for those that have experienced failed or troubled second terms. for failed because of a war that seemed unwinnable, or for lack of preparedness. jefferson, truman, johnson and bush were the four. also, for failed because of economic crisis for failure to act to deter such a crisis. these were jefferson, cleveland, coolidge, franklin roosevelt from the 37 downturn, and george bush. at failed due to their inability to lead congress were jefferson, monroe, grants, wilson, truman, johnson, nixon and bush. to failed due to hubris, franklin roosevelt, and richard nixon are the four who did not effectively communicate their agendas or initiatives were jefferson, monroe, grant in cleveland. obviously, the dominant source of failure for second term president
clinton. the game is a special case in his successful second term was so brief. it's interesting to note that only presidents who had a more successful second term than their first were james madison and andrew jackson. the following is an accounting of the president-elect did to a second term and the reasons for those failed for a troubled second term. for failed because of a water seems on unwinnable. jefferson, truman, johnson and bush were the foyer. also for a failed because of the economic crisis for failure to act and deter such a crises. these are jefferson, cleveland, coolidge, franklin roosevelt's and george bush. it failed due to their inability to lead congress for jefferson, monroe, grant, well some, truman, johnson, nixon and bush. franklin roosevelt and richard nixon. for he did not affect the philly communicate their agendas or initiatives for jefferson, monroe, grant in cleveland. obviously failure for second term president has been their inability to successfully work with congress. only 82nd term presidents have failed second terms to directly to the fight between cong
it to bill clinton for eight years. bill clinton was smart enough crafty enough to find a way to rise above and beat us at every turn. he did it by continuing to reach out. i always say when i was a lawyer, i had pictures after congress, all these pictures of bill clinton with much appreciation. it would drive my law partners crazy. appreciation for what? you impeached him. i said yeah, those were the days. you got to reach out. >> here's a question i don't think any of us can answer. only the president can answer. can he utilize the power, the threat of power of the presidency the way lyndon johnson did with regard to resolutions during the course of the vietnam war? one senator voting against him, not being with him. frank church had voted against the vietnam war. lyndon johnson says the next time you want to damnen your district call frank church. can barack obama utilize the inherent power of that office? >> if he has personal relationships -- lyndon johnson had remarkable relationships. they knew when lyndon called lyndon meant business. the president needs to
from this cab set that of secretary of state hillary rodham clinton. four years of travel, 112 countries and nearly amyl i don't know miles she's ready to leave. nominated to replace her, massachusetts senator john kerry. the chairman of the foreign relations committee who is expected to be easily confirmed by his senate colleagues because he's always gotten along with them. now, we have defense sectly i don't know panetta retiring after decades of public service in congress, white house cabinet , the president has nominated senator, former seven for chuck hagel of nebraskaa vietnam combat veteran now to replace him. but hagel has been outspoken in the criticism of his party and he may have some difficulty with his confirmation. the other major depature from the cap net, secretary of the treasury tim geithner who over saw the bail out of the auto industry and recovery of the financial system. the president now nominated jack lew to the job, he was a behind the scenes guy, director of the office of management and budget, both in this administration and that of president clinton.
presidents, bill clinton and president carter who will both be in attendance today. we won't see the other two living presidents george h.w. bush who was just released from the hospital and is who is now recovering, and george w. bush who sends his regrets. >> so as it happens because of the illness of the elder mr. bush, there will be only democratic presidents in attendance today. very, very unusual circumstance. the headline of the hour, the news broke moments ago by bob schieffer is that the republican leadership at this moment is in the white house having coffee with the president. perhaps a hopeful sign that agreements might come with the new year. >>> here's what's coming up the rest of this inauguration day. at 10:40, the president and mrs. obama leave the white house for the capital. the inaugural ceremonies begin at 11:30 and include the ceremonial swearing-in of vice president biden. then at 11:55, president obama will be sworn in by chief justice john roberts. and at noon, the president will deliver his inaugural address. that will be followed by lunch at the capital. then arou
, chelsea clinton heading that effort. there's a concert for kids tomorrow evening and kicks off the festivities, a weekend steeped in tradition, pomp and circumstance and one of the interesting things on inauguration day, president obama will take his oath of office on martin luther king's bible. of course, as you mentioned, also the martin luther king holiday and the president taking the oath of office on the other side of the mall where he delivered the "i have a dream" speech and symbolism certainly in that moment. so d.c. getting prepared. i can tell you just because we're not expecting as many people, the hotels here pulling out the stops. i went to one hotel, the jw marriott, they have the executive suites going for $40,000. >> whoa. >> reporter: so just because we're not expecting 1.8 million people doesn't mean it's not a huge celebration here in the city of d.c. toure? >> i hear you're going to all the balls. well played. thank you for that report. >> reporter: thank you. >>> i want to bring in nbc news presidential historian michael beshla. how are you? >> good. thank
to the inauguration. they came to celebrate and see history. they included former presidents clinton and carter but not president george w. bush and george h.w. bush his father because of the latter's illness. supreme court justices were there as well as the parting cabinet members. the president took the oath of office for the second time having done it on sunday there a private ceremony then the inaugural address in which the president laid out his vision and his tae general da. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize it together! (applause) for we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. (cheers and applause) we believe that america's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle-class. we, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal is the star that guides us still just as it guided our forebearers through seneca falls and selma and stonewall, just as it guided all those men and women-- sung
'spation proclamation. you can see bill and hillary clinton on the podium. there are also people there celebrating the election of the first african-american president. president obama is only the 16th sitting chief executive to be returned to office. he is the first president since dwight eisenhower to win two consecutive elections with more than 51% of the popular vote. he won for the 372 electoral votes to mitt romney's 206 and spent part of the morning at the white house having coffee with bipartisan leadership. >> this is the second time the president had his inauguration on the celebration of martin luther king, jr. and it's actually a ceremonial event. the 20th amendment to the constitution mandates that newly elected mandates take place on january 20th and several times that happened on the sunday. and followed by the pomp and pageantry on the following monday. >> both president obama and vice president biden took their official oaths of office why yesterday. >> i barack hussein obama swear -- >> supreme court justice john roberts swore in the first family. justice sotomayor did the honor
is 11. this picture went viral. it's president clinton sneaking a peek at "american idol" star kelly clarkson as she walked to the podium to sing. and speaking of songs, listen to this. ♪ obama's on fire ♪ obama's on fire >> alicia keys also sang the president had both feet on the ground and is not backing down. and of course, what would an inauguration be without souvenirs. this is from the official gift shop. there we go. it's a hat. how much did this cost? i can't even see that. $16.50. you have your real fake ticket to the event. that was $10 but you get the lanyard with it. that's my actual real pass. pen. i thought this was the funniest thing. a kid had a sign saying this is my college money and sold a pack of hand warmers for $5. of course, i was stupid enough to buy them. but i was contributing to his college fund, right? anyway, if you read only one thing this morning, i don't know about you, but one of my take-aways from the inauguration is how amazing the first daughters are. exactly what we wish our own teens would be like. real, self-assured, confident, but still for
on social security, medicare and medicaid. medicare and medicaid will bankrupt us, ask bill clinton's former keefe of staff, erskine bowls. it will bankrupt us, ask the concord coalition. it will bankrupt us, pete peterson will tell you the same thing. we're in trouble as a country. republicans and democrats, let them fight these social issues out all they want, they have to come together, though, on saving social security, saving medicare, saving medicaid and saving this country from an economic meltdown. we're not far away. katty, i criticized george w. bush for eight years for massive reckless spending. he allowed the federal debt to go up 6 trillion dollars during two terms. barack obama allowed it to go up six trillion dollars over one term m. that just continues moving forward. we can't afford this anymore. >> right. you can't afford the european model, which has imposed massive austerity and kill growth when the country is still-the-you have a long term problem of deficit and long term problem of the country of growing inequality i think is something the president was trying to addres
to be streamed live on the internet was president bill clinton's in 1997. the reagan inaugural was the first held on the west front of the u.s. capitol. before, they were always on the east front, and the swearing in of fdr was the first to be held on january 20. the twentieth amendment of the constitution moved it to that date from march 4. bill clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president in 1993, january 20. he beat the first president bush in the 1992 election, in which independent candidate ross perot got about 19% of the popular vote. this is about 20 minutes. [applause] >> governor, are you ready to take the oath? >> i am. >> would you please raise your right hand? i, william jefferson clinton, do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states -- >> that i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states -- >> and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the united states, so help me god. >> so help me, god. >> congratulations. [cheers and applause] ♪ ["hail to the chief" plays] [gun sal
. bush. [applause] >> president clinton, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens, the peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. with a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings. as i begin, i thank president clinton for his service to our nation. [applause] and i thank vice president gore for a contest conducted with spirit and ended with grace. [applause] i am honored and humbled to stand here, where so many of america's leaders have come before me, and so many will follow. we have a place, all of us, in a long story -- a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. it is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer. it is the american story -- a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. the grandest of these ideals is an unfolding american promise that everyone belon
for her debut that was with hilt ri and bill clinton. you had sort of a weird family dynamic and you had the daughter you're trying to keep out of the spot right. this is the most natural. >> you have the half brother showing up. >> exactly. >> who are these half brothers. with billy carter you had. johnson had samuel johnson, the estranged brothers. we're lucky he doesn't have any strange family aspect. >> well, he does. >> not in this country. >> in kenya. >> a new rule for families. thank you, eugene robinson, for that joy. joy reid, michael steele. howard fineman and i'll be right back with another hour live edition of "hardball." "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, krischris, and thank you for tuning in. we're covering this amazing, historic day in washington. the inauguration of barack obama as our president. right now, the president and the vice president are watching the inaugural parade with groups from all over the country going by and standing in front of the white house. just moments ago, the airmen passed by and got a standing ovation. earlier tod
. democrats are no longer interested in the type of entitlement that they used to talk about under clinton and gore. connell: you heard reports that he was given on something like raising the retirement age, for example. that was all over the place. if you are the republicans, how do you cover this politically? >> they took a baby step with this debt ceiling thing saying you pass a budget. the next step is to say, okay, as part of a program of fiscal responsibility, we have to do something about this going forward. the reality is, republicans do not have much leverage. they lack the courage of their own convictions. they are scared silly because they think they will lose elections that way. dagen: what is the game plan down the road, though? will they just wait until we are on the verge of these programs starting to run out of at least some money and then they will raise taxes on wealthier people to fund them? there has to be a long game plan >> you are talking about these politicians acting like adults and thinking long-term. i do not think there is a long-term game plan when it comes to
of hillary clinton for -- the part where deals would be cut with the pharmaceutical industries and hospital industry and those negotiations were all behind closed doors, involving those lobbyists and involving key players from the health-care industry. that was the part he was referring to and that part was definitely a promise broken. you could argue that a -- that the congressional part is only partly open. the big negotiations in congress have been behind closed doors and sun comes out in the open but as someone who covers congress, it is not allowed in the open. >host: some of the top promises that politifact looks that -- let's take a listen to president obama in his own words back in february of 2009 talking about iraq. [video clip] >> a candidate for president, i made clear a time line 16 months to carry out the drug them while pledging to consult closely with our military commanders upon taking office to ensure that we preserve the gains we have made and to protect our troops. these consultations are now complete. i have chosen a time line that will remove our combat brigades over t
, last month, took a job as one of mrs. clinton's to speechwriters. so she moved down here into the eye of the new storm and is writing speeches for mrs. clinton. c-span: and you've had a special relationship with president over the years? >> guest: jury special relationship in a sense that we were roommates and partners in 1972 presidential campaign in texas. we live together. and he brought his then a new girlfriend hillary. so we had a very close association then. i didn't see him for 20 years from 72 to 92 until he was elected president and called and said congratulations for your pulitzer in history. i would love to talk to you about how to preserve historical materials and what you've noticed from the presidential libraries you for tin. and on that basis we have talked a good bit while he's been president to renew our acquaintance ship after a 20 year hiatus. c-span: have you had any discussions with him about his whole race initiative? >> guest: absolutely. yes, i have. c-span: what do you recommend to him? >> guest: i think this is a great thing. i personally think from the work
's also rare that you get to talk to chelsea clinton. we'll do that in a few minutes about something she is working on and also about her mom's recent health scare. >>> we are trying to unlock the title of dan brown's new book. remember the hash tag is #danbrowntoday. savannah and the giant frog. ha, ha, very funny. 50 shades of robert langdon. that has a ring to it. and the mona lisa murders. very good. >> keep them coming. >>> let's begin this half hour with teachers around the country flocking to gun training classes. of course, in the wake of the tragic shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. janet shamlian is in katy, texas, with more on that. janet, good morning to you. >> reporter: we're here at tactical firearms. this is the time to come if you want to learn or target practice. on the weekends, the wait to get in here can be up to an hour and a half now. during that time in some of these lanes, you are going to find teachers who are, themselves, looking to learn. >> how many of you are teachers and staff of school districts? that's what i figured. >> reporter: the concealed
, live your calls and comments on "washington journal." then, remarks by chelsea clinton and president obama on the date of service. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear -- >> this weekend, the 57th presidential inauguration, as president obama begins his second term. sunday, the official swearing in just before noon. it looks back at the president's 2009 inaugural address. then monday, the public inaugural ceremonies, with the swearing in at the us cop will -- u.s. capital. on c-span, c-span radio, and c- span.org. join the conversation by phone, on facebook, and on twitter. >> throughout the inauguration, our online will have extra features. all at c-span.org. this morning cheryl olson, co-author thor of grand theft childhood talks about the president's push of the study on violence and violent video games on young minds and
inaugural speeches from the last 60 years starting with ronald reagan, bill clinton from 1993, dwilingt eisenhower from 1957, harry truman from 1949, then john f. kennedy in 1961. george h.w. bush, jimmy carter and we'll wrap up the night with george w. bush's speech. see ten inaugural speeches from ten past presidents on c-span. >> up next senate his torn don richy gave a historical perspective on inaugurations describing how various treated the day and how so help me god became part of the ceremony. this is about an hour. >> now there is a phrase that journalists use a lot. it's called a go to guy. and i think you know what that means. it means somebody who knows a lot about something that the journalists can go to and get from that person reliable information. and there are not that many go to guys around. there are a lot of people in this town who have opinions. there are a lot of people in this town who are incredibly glib. but there are not that many people who are so fundamentally immersed in a subject. and an important subject that journalists and others, ack demics are attracte
's what happened. and you can't -- >> i did a drive-by. >> you cast the deciding vote for clinton's tax increase for two decades, which took this country to surpluses. and you were targeted because you voted for a tax increase. but at the time you said, "there are times in all our careers when we must ask ourselves why we're here." marjorie, great to have you with us tonight on "the ed show." >> nice to be here. >> you are an example of courage, and the president has said this is going to take courage. can you apply what you went through to today's gun debate? what do you think? >> oh, well, i was also targeted. i mean, they just loaded both of the barrels and came after me also. i was just talking tonight with somebody who worked for me in my congressional office, arlene hal pernin. she said the phones never stopped ringing. and that's one of the problems. but as a member of congress you have to understand that people do not call in when they're satisfied. so nine out of ten calls said vote against this. and at that time it was in '93 and we were talking about an omnibus spending bill.
his biggest rival to be his biggest partner on the world stage. we are so proud of hillary clinton. president obama trusts women and women can trust president obama. we have reason to feel good about where we stand today. with the movements like the one we have built together we have reason to aim high in the years to come. last cycle we more than quintupled its the size of our community. we were using technology to open our doors to another generation of women and men where we meet up. we are reaching them where they are, helping them understand what is at stake and adding their voices to our movement. i am proud to say that emily's list is now more than 2 million members strong. let's make it 5 million. let's do it. i want to see emily's list expand to the next cycle. i literally mean right now. immediately. there are donor cards at your table and candidates who need to now. we are in the business of winning elections. i have been in that business awhile now. i have opened a lot of envelops from emily's list of donors. i have seen a lot. i have accepted speeches and i have helped
, the city of clinton was in the midst of a civil rights struggle. after what and restored a black neighborhood was firebombed, police officers and firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames but came under gunfire. an african-american teen was killed by police that night, a white man was shot and killed the next day. the national guard moved in. nine black men and one white woman were rounded up, hustled off to jail for their alleged involvement. the young defendants, the majority just high school age, were collectively sentenced to a total of more than 280 years in prison. rev. ben chavis served more than five years in prison. shortly after he appeared on "democracy now!" last month, governor perdue issued pardons of innocence for the wilmington 10. the move came after newly surfaced documents revealed the prosecutor in the case made racially biased notes next to potential jurors, writing comments like "kkk good." i asked rev. chavis last night what it felt like to be attending president of the inauguration on dr. martin luther king day, after finally being pardoned. >> this is
,000 who saw bill clinton sworn in. before obama the previous crowd estimate record was 1.2 million who came out for lbj, lyndon johnson's inaugural back in '65. we'll be right back. ou know who. you can part a crowd, without saying a word... if you have yet to master the quiet sneeze... you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts... well muddlers, muddle no more. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour one on the first day you take it. claritin® doesn't start working until hour three. zyrtec®. love the air. claritin® doesn't start working until hour three. we've decided to we're all having such a great year in the gulf, put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride or just lay in the sun. enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. and don't forget our amazing seafood. so come to the gulf, you'll have a great time. especially in alabama. you mean mississippi. that's florida
by executive order to decide he can go beyond the constitution. >> reporter: remember as well when bill clinton was in the white house in the early '90s he pushed some gun control legislation there was a massive political backlash against democratic members of congress who voted for that in the 1994 midterm elections. what the white house believes may be different this time, not just newtown, but this whole series of tragedies like tucson, aurora, colorado, and newtown having some children killed, they think the political dynamic has changed. we shall see, jenna. jenna: we will see if it sets the tone for the second term of the president which is about to officially begin. back to the white house as news develops. thanks very much. jon: before bringing his proposals to the president the vice president met with representativesing from the entertainment and videogame industry and other lawmakers attacked hollywood over increasing violence portrayed. so what will the president do? will there be any pushes for changes in the videogame and entertainment industries? chief washington correspondent jam
. the welfare reform program work. the greatest decrease in child poverty in america came under bill clinton with a republican congress in the late 1990's. that is just a fact. jeffrey is shaking his head. no, it is a fact. the lowest level of black children in poverty in history was 1997. you could make an argument that having a welfare system shift toward opportunity would work. >> i'm going to give you all the time you need. before that, what would you say then to those who read the "new york times" stories when they did to review 15 years after bill clinton's welfare to work program, that women and children were falling faster into poverty than anybody else? [applause] i too was the program that helped push them in there? were they wrong? -- it was that program that helped push them in there? were they wrong? >> yes, but let me carry you two steps further. i have been working with a former california assembly leader on a project state-by- state to get people out of prison if they are there for non-violent crimes, to get them brought back into society. you cannot discuss how we will solve
'll find he's in good comppny. company. it happened to bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter, and now it's happeningg to president obamaawhat did all tese men have in common, besides holding the highest office in the u.s.?aal of them quickly turned gray duuing word - stress."there's a condition calleddtelogen effluviuu, ann in a nut shell telogen efffuvvum is when we're losiig our haii more rapidly than we should."as the stress triggers this pondition,,it causes the hair follicle loses a hair, and the - hair grows back, it uses up pigment.so when eacc new hair ffllicle is replaced, pgment is ussd. once the pigment runs appear.now as president obama entees his second term, it's harr not to notiic the ffst-spreading speckles of with the economy, gun conttol and overseas conflicts on his plate, he may see more speckles to come."you only get cells."so what can thh four years?"i think e'lll probably be like billlclintoo full head offgray air."for today's health minute, i'm susan hendricks. ((tosssto weather)) ((ad lib mmetorologist)) -3 3 33-& 3 3 3 33 3 3 3 3 3 3poming up in
under bill clinton with a republican congress in the late 1990's. that is just a fact. jeffrey is shaking his head. no, it is a fact. the lowest level of black children in poverty in history was 1997. you could make an argument that having a welfare system shift toward opportunity would work. >> i'm going to give you all the time you need. before that, what would you say then to those who read the "new york times" stories when they did to review 15 years after bill clinton's welfare to work program, that women and children were falling faster into poverty than anybody else? [applause] it was that program that helped push them in there? were they wrong? >> yes, but let me carry you two steps further. i have been working with a former california assembly leader on a project state-by- state to get people out of prison if they are there for non-violent crimes, to get them brought back into society. you cannot discuss how we will solve some of these problems without rethinking prison in america. [applause] ok? now that is a very difficult challenge for both parties. one last example
clinton is going viral as he sneaks a peek at kelly clarkson performing "my country tis of thee" and the first lady's brother, craig robinson, makes a goofy face over his brother-in-law's shoulder. even the obama girls, by the way, got into the fun. sasha's attention to take a cute smooch shot of their parents turned into a an up close shot of malia's mouth. >>> was this something john boehner's wife said to her husband? and what did boehner say? and by bringing sexy back for a second term ♪ i'm bringing sexy back that don't know how to act ♪ >> the clip even includes some clips of vice president joe biden telling everyone to get your sexy on. whatever that means. it's 8:01. let's go back outside to al for a check of the weather. >> thanks so much, nat. friends, couple of sweet 16s. what's your name? >> mikayl aand savannah. >> we've got somebody named savannah here. did you know that? let's find out what we've got for you. this is live. rocky river, ohio, streets slushy just to the west of cleveland, ohio. and they're going to be seeing more lake-effect snow over the next 4
. though clinton in 1993, president dwight eisenhower in 1957. harry truman, 1949. 1969, richard nixon. then-president john f. kennedy in 1961. george h. w. bush in 1989. lyndon johnson from 1965. president jimmy carter in 1977. he will wrap up the night at 11 p.m. eastern president george w. bush, 2001. starting tonight at 8 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> why did you write a book about your experience because it was an abortive period of history. i felt that the fdic's perspective should be brought to bear. have been some other accounts of the crisis i thought were not completely accurate. especially since what we did and what i did. so i thought it was important for historical record to present our perspective and also i think currently for people to understand that there were different policy choices, different policy options, disagreements. and that if we want to present this crisis, another crisis from happening again i've only felt that the public itself needed to be engaged more on financial reform, to educate themselves better, make an issue with their elected officials. i have som
clinton coming to the hill to talk about benghazi. so sort of the next term key roles will begin to unfold as we see confirmation hearings actually beginning in just a matter of days now. spl >> very busy time. kelly o'donnell in washington, thanks so much. jim, anything more to say about manti te'o? one more chance. >> you guys have hit him hard enough. i do think it's one of the most fas nacinating sports stories. you mentioned lance armstrong is one hell of a happy guy today because he doesn't look like the biggest fool in sports. >> good point. >> thanks. >>> coming up next -- unravel -- >> seriously, how many imaginary girlfriends did he have? >> manti? >> no, vandehei. >> oh, jim. >> he claims to be married to a woman named autumn. we're not sure. >> do we have any proof? >> gorgeous. someone sent me a picture. >> someone document this for us. >> it seems kind of impossible. >> you notice they're never together. >>> we're going right to the source in our next segment to unravel this mystery aren't manti te'o. dave briggs is here from abc sports and tom scocca is the managing editor o
to try to bring the country together in terms of unity? i mean that's certainly not what bill clinton did. >> well, it is in the following sense. i think that the divisiveness you're talking about has a lot more to do with the kind of arguments that chuck was referencing, and those are obviously going to be problematic going forward. but if you actually look at poll after poll you find that the vast majority of americans are actually very sympathetic to gay rights, to equal pay, to, you know, anti-discrimination. even to gun control. so, i think the kind of unity that he was talking about yesterday was actually, again, very resonant. you didn't hear him talk, and interestingly he talked more about this in his first inaugural speech, about unity with republicans. unity with people who oppose him. i think here he's reached his hand out many times to have it slapped away. now we are going to have to figure out a way to move forward, just as chuck says. and actually there are a few sort of semipositive signs on that front lately. there's been a couple of arguments that have been resolved -- >
reagan in 1985, president george herbert walker bush in 1990, president clinton in 1997 -- all signed deficit reduction deals that were contingent upon or in the context of raising the debt ceiling. you, yourself, four times have done that. three times, those were related to deficit reduction or budget maneuvers. what chuck and i and i think many people are curious about is this new, adamant desire on your part not to negotiate, when that seems to conflict with the entire history in the modern era of american presidents and the debt ceiling, and your own history on the debt ceiling. and doesn't that suggest that we are going to go into a default situation because no one is talking to each other about how to resolve this? >> well, no, major, i think if you look at the history, getting votes for the debt ceiling is always difficult, and budgets in this town are always difficult. i went through this just last year. but what's different is we never saw a situation as we saw last year in which certain groups in congress took such an absolutist position that we came within a few days of def
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